Facebook's Snooze Button Lets You Temporarily Mute Your Friends

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Facebook is rolling out a Snooze button to help manage your friends list
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16 December, 2017

Facebook has begun to roll out the new Snooze feature, allowing users to discreetly - and temporarily - unfollow someone's posts. Before the 30-day snooze period is up, you will receive a notification that the snooze is about to expire. They can also choose to turn Snooze off at any time.

The new addition was added to the site because users wanted more ways to control their newsfeeds, a post from Facebook Product Manager, Shruthi Muraleedharan, said. "No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth", Palihapitiya said in a speech at a Stanford Business School event.

In terms of how Facebook is affecting the emotions of users, the company says there's both good and bad.

"According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology", wrote Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and Research Scientist Moira Burke.

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If you're exhausted of seeing selfies, motivational quotes, photos of food, holiday snaps or anything other posts you find annoying, rather than unfriend someone, you can now mute them for a month without them knowing.

It also helps fix those situations in which you don't really want to unfollow a group, but you don't care for getting bombarded with its commentary on whatever trendy topic is commanding its members' attention at the moment. One of them stated that social media ruins our society. But passively consuming information from social media has the opposite effect. Facebook has announced some changes and the most important of them is probably the new "Snooze" button. "Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person".

The people, pages, and groups you snooze won't be notified. That is why the company hopes that it will provide its users a more positive user experience.


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